N. Korea says it held a U.S. national over “hostile act”

May 08, 2017, 8:41 AM EDT
(Source: Michael Day/flickr)
(Source: Michael Day/flickr)

Amid heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday announced that it has arrested a U.S. citizen suspected of carrying out “hostile acts” against the state.

The detention of Kim Hak-song follows the arrest of three other Americans, who worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, the country’s Western-funded institution with scores of foreign lecturers, notes the BBC.

North Korea, which has no diplomatic relations with the U.S., has a track record of using detained Americans to extract high-profile visits from Washington, drawing flak from human rights agencies, writes Reuters.